6th Edition

London's Contemporary Architecture An Explorer's Guide

By Ken Allinson, Victoria Thornton Copyright 2014
    346 Pages 1286 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 1286 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    London is a living architectural exhibition. This tried and trusted portable guide will help you to find your way around one of the world’s most exciting cities, offering architectural experiences and insights into London’s finest contemporary architecture.

    • features more than 400 buildings including key venues from the 2012 Olympic Park
    • provides a superb full colour photographic record of the capital
    • aids navigation of the city’s greatest architectural sights with a clear map-based format
    • considers each district in turn, identifying the buildings most worthwhile visiting, and providing essential information and insights into each
    • includes a large scale, portable, lightweight map, for use when walking the tours

    Jam packed with the author’s intimate architectural experience and knowledge of London’s buildings, the accompanying commentary is both lively and entertaining, providing all the information that any architectural explorer will need to appreciate and experience London’s contemporary architecture.

    Using the Guide A Patterned Metropolis A Contemporary Context Indicative Changes The City London’s Historic Core Around St Paul’s Wood Street to The Barbican Bank to the River Thames Lloyds to the River Thames City North East Shoreditch and Hoxton City North West to the River Thames The City: Southern Perimeter East Central Wapping, Isle of Dogs, Greenwich and Surrey Quays The Royal Docks Hoxton and Stratford Barking Central The West End West End (WEA) West End (WEB) North Central West Central South Central South West off map Index of Architects and Buildings.


    Ken Allinson AADipl RIBA is the author of The Wild Card of Design (1992), Getting There by Design (1996) and Architects and Architecture of London (2008), as well as earlier editions of this guide. During his career Ken worked for and with, among others, Richard Rogers, John Winter, Archigram Architects, Terry Farrell, YRM and DEGW. He has taught design and professional practice at the UCL, Greenwich and Oxford Brookes Universities, has run his own practice consultancy and is currently a director of Architectural Dialogue. Together with Victoria Thornton he was a founding Trustee of Open House London. He is currently preparing a theoretical work entitled Meetings With Buildings . Victoria Thornton OBE is founding director of Open-City, founder of the Open House worldwide initiative and of Architectural Dialogue. In 2003 the RIBA awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Victoria Thornton in recognition of her contribution to architecture and the education of future generations and in 2005 she received an honorary MA degree from London Metropolitan University. She is also a fellow of the RSA and completed an MA relating to European architecture policy and young people (2009). In 2012 Victoria received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year's Honours list for services to architecture and architecture education.

    Praise for the previous edition:

    The guide celebrates the only way to understand architecture: in the flesh. - Thom Dyckhoff, Architecture Critic, The Times

    Everything that a Londoner, a visitor or any city lover will need. - Jane Priestman OBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Open House London